The Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) in Anson and Stanly counties is an Area Specialized Agent for Local Foods and Commercial Horticulture. The position is responsible for planning, executing and evaluating effective and comprehensive educational programs and training designed to solve social, economic, and environmental problems in agriculture and horticulture confronting small-scale, limited-resource and socially-disadvantaged farmers in the Charlotte Metropolitan Statistical Area. This position addresses the high priority needs and issues for these farming populations as they respond to increasing demand from urban consumers for nutritious, locally grown agricultural products and assist in management of Visit NC Farms App Assets. The Extension Agent is responsible for non-formal education and farm demonstrations that align with the mission and vision of the Cooperative Extension Program at NC A&T, with a primary focus on sustainable, community-based food systems that benefit both farmer and consumer through the collaborative support of the community. Training and technical assistance are offered in sustainable agriculture, season extension, soil health, commercial horticulture, marketing local produce, and leveraging community collaboration. The Extension Agent organizes, communicates, and delivers course materials in formal and informal instructional settings; collaborates with county and community based organizations to deliver programs and recruit program participants; determines program needs and priorities by conducting needs assessments; and evaluates data collected from multiple sources including advisory committee members, county residents and program participants. This position will be housed in the Anson County Extension Center, with office space in the Stanly County Extension Center.
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Cooperative Extension at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is an educational outreach organization within the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. The program, in collaboration with North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University, provides educational information, programming and technical assistance to limited-resource audiences relative to various issues in four program areas – Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, Community and Economic Development, and 4-H Youth Development. Together with its partners – NCSU, U.S. Department of Agriculture, state and county governments, a dynamic and resourceful system is formed. In addition to campus operations, The Cooperative Extension Program has professionally staffed offices in almost half of the 100 counties in North Carolina and on the Cherokee Indian Reservation.
Internal job number: 008549
Bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or a 3.0 in the major field of study (based on a 4.0 scale), or completion of a Master's degree; a personal automobile and valid driver's license; computer literacy; strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to plan, implement, market, and evaluate educational programs; willingness to work as a team member and support a total Extension program; and the ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities.
-Master's degree in agricultural education, extension education, plant and soil science, horticulture, or a related field and two or more years of experience with horticulture crop production or plant production systems (including, but not limited to, soil, water, crop and pest management). Bachelor’s Degree with work experience and an understanding of a Master’s will be pursued. -Experience planning programs and working in diverse communities. -Experience working effectively as a team member. -Ability to manage time and resources. -Experience and knowledge in mass media, marketing and presentations. -Skills in leadership, budgeting and public relations.
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